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The Monster in the Backpack: Candlewick Sparks (Candlewick Readers) Hardcover – July 25, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Series: Candlewick Readers
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763623903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623906
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,000,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-2–Annie's new backpack has pink and blue flowers, a zipper, and a monster inside. She is startled and frightened when she first discovers the creature, but summons the courage to look at it again and learns that it has eaten most of her lunch and doesn't like to be alone. She keeps the backpack at her desk, where the monster leaves chewed gum in her boot and shreds her homework to make confetti for an ANNIE-IS-GREAT PARADE. This warmhearted gesture wins the girl's heart, and she refuses an offer to trade for a friend's sedate green backpack. The zany story is written in simple, clear language and is supported with bold, digital cartoon art. The text is a tad longer than usual easy-reader fare, but the school setting and the endearing orange monster make it an acceptable addition.–Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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About the Author

LISA MOSER received a degree in early education with a concentration in reading from the University of Iowa. She taught fifth grade and got the idea for THE MONSTER IN THE BACKPACK— her first book — seven years ago from one of her students, who couldn't open the zipper on her backpack. " ‘There must be a monster in there,' I told the girl, and then I began to think, ‘What if there really was?' "

NOAH Z. JONES is the illustrator of NOT NORMAN: A GOLDFISH STORY by Kelly Bennett, his first children's book. Of THE MONSTER IN THE BACKPACK, he says, "I laughed out loud when I first read Lisa's story. I couldn't wait to start drawing. It was especially fun to create a monster who wasn't scary or mean but caused mischief unintentionally
and with such gleeful abandon."

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The story is sweet, funny, and touching.
K. Keating
My son loved this book when we checked it out from the library so much we had to buy it!
Stacy
The story is amusing for adults, too, and as a read-aloud for pre-readers.
L. McDonald

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss Peggy on November 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a definite "must-have" for the bookshelf! The story's delightful premise will engage even the youngest reader. Children will giggle at the monster's antics and Annie's dilemna.

The author has done a wonderful job creating fun read-aloud story with sentences that lend themselves beautifully to the eager ears and eyes of children ready to gobble up a love for reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Keating on September 13, 2006
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This book was given to my five year old daughter. She laughs outloud everytime we read it.This book is adorable and really funny for adults as well.

The story is sweet, funny, and touching.

Any child would love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara J. Butler on September 15, 2012
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I love this book. It's creative and cute, which is sometimes difficult to find in the "easy to read" category. I've used this with a variety of ages - preschool to early/mid elementary children and all seem to enjoy the story. It lends itself to fun activities as well (making your own moster for your backpack, creative sequels, etc.).
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By jen98s on May 31, 2014
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This was another book we purchased online not knowing if it would be decent or a "hid under the chair book." Surprisingly this is a good, funny book. The interaction between the 2 main characters is funny as they discover each other and learn to like, then love each other. I would recommend this to both boys and girls.
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By Stacy on February 22, 2014
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My son loved this book when we checked it out from the library so much we had to buy it!
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By robin on February 25, 2013
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My students read the book, talked about their own monsters they'd like to have, then created their own "Monster in the Backpack" art!
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You know how are there are some books that your kids love that you really don't love and wish you didn't have to read to them? This isn't one of them! I love reading this book. It's cute and heartwarming without being cheesy. The story is about a monster who lives in the main character Annie's backpack. She initially thinks the monster is a nuisance but grows to love him.

I got this at the library and will now be purchasing it. My 3 and 5 year old adore it and want to hear it again and again! We've only read one other book by Lisa Moser, and that was also a winner Perfect Soup. This is an author I will be watching!
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